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His Aim Is True, Sometimes

APRIL 10, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Shakespeare's play, known for its portrayal of greed, also opens questions about how we should relate to money--and leaves them open for us to ponder.

I’ll Fly Away

MARCH 27, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Country music sounds like music written by a culture that is dying for change, celebrating when it finds it, and grieving when it cannot.

If I Had a Million Dollars

MARCH 13, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Glamour and luxury can drive people to misery. Dorothy Parker shows us how they can bring pleasure, even to people who will never be wealthy.

Evangeline Wanders

Hardly anyone reads Longfellow anymore, but maybe we should

FEBRUARY 27, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

When lives and property are held at "his Majesty's pleasure," the blacksmith is always right. Injustice prevails, backed up by might. And Evangeline will always wander, looking for a home.

Economics with Romance

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Romance novels can show the positive literary representations of work, innovation, entrepreneurship, and the bourgeois virtues thought to be scarce.

Check Your Context

JANUARY 30, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

What it means to be privileged--and who holds the privilege--changes with the context.

Incentives to Love

JANUARY 16, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Love is mysterious. But the economic way of thinking can cut through some of love's illusions and help us sort out real incentives and costs.

Not the Best

DECEMBER 12, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE

Rona Jaffe could have told a compelling story about the working lives of women in the 1950s. Instead, she talks about everything else they do.

Consuming Madness

DECEMBER 02, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE

Emile Zola vividly illustrates the pleasures and perils of shopping, particularly the power of well-displayed merchandise to stir up longing and desire. Despite the usual bromides of the Christmas shopping season, this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

A New Duke for the Castle

NOVEMBER 14, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE

Executive Suite offers a compelling look at the qualities--including a powerful sense of responsibility to employees--that make up the ideal CEO and define committed entrepreneurs.

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April 2014

Around the world, people are struggling to throw off authoritarianism, with deeply mixed results. From Egypt to Venezuela, determined people build networks to overthrow their regimes, but as yet we have not learned to live without Leviathan. In this issue, Michael Malice and Gary Dudney discuss their glimpses inside totalitarian regimes, while Sarah Skwire and Michael Nolan look at how totalitarian regimes grind down the individual--and how individuals fight back. Plus, Jeffrey Tucker identifies a strain in libertarianism that, left unchecked, could reduce even our vibrant movement to something that is analogous to the grim aesthetic of architectural brutalism. The struggle for our lives and freedom is a struggle for beauty; it begins inside each of us.
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